Sotirpoulos Wins the Merit Poker Vintage Series Main Event


Three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos added the Merit Poker Vintage Series Main Event title to his ever-growing list of poker accomplishment. This latest victory came with a $384,150 payday, pushing Sotiropoulos’ live earnings north of $3.5 million.

The $3,300 buy-in Main Event drew in 767 entrants, who created a $2,122,440 prize pool. The lion’s share of that princely pot is now nestled in the bank account of Sotiropoulos.

A double elimination saw Kanit bust in fifth and Sergey Babincev crash out in fourth. Sotiropoulos min-raised to 1,000,000 with pocket queen in the cutoff, Kanit three-bet all-in for 7,000,000 in the small blind with pocket tens, and Babincev committed his 12,250,000 stack in the big blind with pocket aces! Sotiropoulos called, flopped a set, and hit a full house on the river to bust two dangerous opponents.

The ball was firmly in Sotiropoulos’ court now, and he put his foot on the gas. He open-shoved from the button with ace-trey, and Eli Saad called off his last 11 big blinds with king-nine of clubs. Saad caught a king on the turn, but there were four diamonds on the board, with Sotiropoulos holding the ace of diamonds.

Heads-up was a short affair, and ended with a coinflip. Sanchez limped in for 600,000 with ace-king, Sotiropoulos raised to 2,300,000 with pocket nines in the hole, only for Sanchez to jam for 25,200,000. Sotiropoulos instantly called, and his nines held on a queen-high run out.

Merit Poker Vintage Series Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Georgios Sotiropoulos Greece $384,150
2 Robert Sanchez Spain $282,900
3 Eli Saad Israel $173,600
4 Sergey Babincev Lithuania $128,400
5 Mustapha Kanit Italy $96,150
6 Serdar Tasyurek Turkey $77,700
7 Andrey Golubev Russia $66,300
8 Dmitry Gromov Russia $51,160
9 Milos Petkovic Serbia $38,400



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